Tech reviews

Star Wars Battlefront 2 preview

2015’s Star Wars: Battlefront was a huge commercial hit, but arguably a bit of a disappointment with fans - between the lack of a single player campaign and the limited multiplayer options, plenty of people hoped for more. Luckily, EA and developer Dice look set to deliver with the upcoming sequel, which promises more of, well, just about everything.We’ve had hands-on time at Gamescom 2017 with one of the new game’s core modes - Starfighter Assault - to find [...]

Sony Xperia XA1 review

Sony unveiled a raft of new smartphones back in spring, and one in particular will have caught the eye of those looking for high-end photography prowess on a sensible budget. The Xperia XA1 offers 23Mp stills (as well as facial recognition and a bunch of nice photographic features) for £229.In our Sony Xperia XA1 review we test out that fancy-dan camera and feature set, as well as putting the phone through our rigorous battery of processor and graphics tests, [...]

Nespresso Expert and Milk review

Tired of having to do boring things like stand up, walk, and press buttons just to get your caffeine fix in the morning? Enter the Nespresso Expert and Milk, a smart coffee machine that will let you make your morning brew from the comfort of your own bed - though you might still have to stand up to go and drink it.We've put Nespresso's latest through its paces in the office to find out if smart coffee is just a [...]

Nokia 8 vs Galaxy S8

Nokia has unveiled its highly anticipated Nokia 8, an Android phone with a flagship specification. We see how it compares to the current king of the Android market, the Galaxy S8. The Nokia 8 is a decent phone built for content creators. It stands out for its Carl Zeiss dual rear cameras and 13Mp selfie camera that can be combined in a new ‘Bothie’ mode to capture the full picture, and for its Dual-Sight streaming capabilities and Ozo spatial audio [...]

Jumper EZBook 3 Pro review

If you’re looking for a decent-size yet portable Windows 10 laptop on a budget, the Jumper EZBook 3 Pro may impress.Available from GearBest for just £192.10 ($249.99/211.59€) you’d be hard pressed to find better value for money in a laptop of this size. You will need to additionally factor in import duty, however, which is calculated at 20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork, plus an admin fee of around £11. (Read up on buying Chinese tech.) In [...]

Eufy Genie review

The Eufy Genie is a cheaper version of Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that claims to offer better audio quality. It’s available only in the US for now, but is coming soon to the UK. (At which point we presume Alexa on the Genie will be able to use a British accent.) Pros • Alexa is built-in, so Genie has much the same skillset as Echo Dot and will work with any Alexa-compatible devices • Cheaper than Echo Dot - significantly so if [...]

iPad Air 2 review

The iPad Air 2, is thinner, faster and better than ever, but with the launch of an iPad Pro 9.7 it's received a price cut. Since it's still one of the best tablets, that's excellent news. Here's our Apple iPad 2 review. Also see: Best new tablets coming in 2016.See also: iPad Air 3 release date, price and specs rumours. In 2014 Apple replaced its full-size Apple iPad Air with the iPad Air 2. The newer model keeps the same essential form – [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs Galaxy S8

Next week Samsung will unveil its Galaxy Note 8, its second flagship phone launch of 2017 following the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. While the final specification of the Note 8 has not yet been confirmed by the company, as is the case with all Samsung phone launches we already know pretty much all there is to know following numerous product leaks and tip-offs.  Traditionally the Note family has been distinguished from the Galaxy series with an S Pen stylus, a [...]

Fujitsu Lifebook U937 laptop review

The Fujitsu Lifebook U937 is a business laptop about as far removed from a workstation as you can imagine. It's an incredibly light laptop, one of the lightest in the world to feature a full Core i5 dual-core processor rather than a CPU designed to consume even less energy.It's hard to imagine a laptop better-suited to frequent business travellers, especially thanks to its wide range of connections.  However, considering the high price it's a shame a few finishing touches are [...]

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X review

Hot on the heels of the Core i9-7900X comes the response from AMD in the form of the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. It costs the same, but has an extra six cores and 12 threads.But before you jump to any conclusions about performance, let’s look at how AMD has made this monster processor. AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X: price You can buy a Threadripper 1950X for £999.99 from Scan or Overclockers UK. You’ll also need a motherboard with an X399 chipset and a TR4 [...]